Four years ago, when Michael J. Sofranko ran for his first term as mayor of Jim Thorpe, he made six promises to the voters of the community.
Sofranko, proud to have kept all six promises, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for mayor once again in this year's Primary Election.
Not only were the goals met, but under his guidance, various other accomplishments were brought to light. The Jim Thorpe Police Department, through various programs, received a total of over $17,000 in additional funds.
Sofranko restructured the department by rank.
He organized a Community Watch Program.
The mayor also had the department become re-involved with the Carbon County Drug Task Force.
He, along with the police chief and the department, are now involved with several state programs, such as Seat Belt Buckle U, the DUI Checkpoint Program, and the Aggressive Driver Program.
During his first term, Sofranko established a Police Service Contract that helps to defray costs to the taxpayer of Jim Thorpe for events within the borough.
He has also become involved in a major crackdown on traffic violations throughout the borough.
One of Sofranko's most pleasurable and informative accomplishments, he has been instrumental in the formation of the Carbon County Mayors' Association.
While proud of his accomplishments, Sofranko stated, "There is more work to be done and accomplished."
He has already set goals for what he hopes will be his second term. Among them is the top priority of eradicating the illegal drug situation by using a more aggressive approach.
He plans to continue the community policing outreach programs. He also plans to continue community meeting where more input can be heard.
The candidate is a life-long resident of Jim Thorpe; the son of James and Florence Sofranko.
He has been married for 25 years to the former Therese Krebs R.N.. They are the parents of a son, Michael, a member of the Pa. State Police, and a daughter, Emily, a junior at Marian High School.
Sofranko attended St. Joseph Regional School and graduated from Marian High School. He received an Associate Degree from Lincoln Technical Institute and is employed by Mack Truck.
He is a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and has served as a basketball coach for 4-8th grade boys' and girls' CYO teams.
He and his family worship at St. Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe, where he is a Eucharistic Minister.